Dead By Sunset Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1996
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Another chilling and creepy book from the reigning queen of true-crime, Ann Rule, who also penned the riveting bestseller Small Sacrifices. Here, we encounter a charismatic con-artist accused of brutally bludgeoning his wife and follow his case through to its strangely redemptive end.
From Publishers Weekly
Brad Cunningham was handsome, brilliant, a high-school hero in his native Seattle, a football star at the University of Washington. His family background was unusual, with a Native American mother of whom he was ashamed and an Anglo father who was contemptuous of women. As an adolescent, Brad was violent with his sisters and his mother. This pattern continued in his first, second and third marriages but reached its apogee with his fourth wife, Cheryl Keeton, a highly successful lawyer by whom he fathered three sons. When their marriage collapsed and she sought custody of their children, Brad, a bank executive, threatened her; in September 1986, she was found bludgeoned to death in her car on an Oregon highway. The case remained unresolved until Cheryl Keeton's estate filed a civil suit for damages against Brad in 1991. A criminal trial followed in 1993, in which Brad was found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 22 years. Rule (Small Sacrifices) provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait. Photos not seen by PW. 125,000 first printing; True Crime Book Club main selection; Doubleday Book Club, Literary Guild and Mystery Guild featured alternates; Reader's Digest Nonfiction Condensed Book Club selection; Tri-Star/NBC-TV miniseries to air in November.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Here, in describing Bradly Morris Cunningham, a handsome, charming, seemingly rich and sophisticated man who would be a prime catch for any woman, Ann is at her best again. For Brad Cunningham was none of those things except handsome and charming, for these 2 qualities enabled him to lure into his web of deception smart, professional women. Rich? No, he lost millions of dollars in shady business deals. Sophisticated? No, he was a boor. He was also a misogynistic, cruel, self centred sociopath who thought nothing of using and abusing everybody, be they male OR female, who had the supreme misfortune of coming into his orbit. Like a true sociopath, he gave nothing, but took and took and took, and when a sociopath is tired of someone or something, they will discard it, and they don't care if they have to commit murder to accomplish that. And that is exactly what Brad did to Cheryl. She gave him status, money, and 3 lovely sons, but when she could give him no more he murdered her and dumped the vehicle which contained her corpse onto a freeway, hoping that it would cause a major accident that would conceal the homicide.Read more ›
Ann Rule has a way with criminal stories - making them accessible to the average reader but including all the details fit to lure in those more familiar with the genre. She includes plenty of backstory and it's obvious she has spent countless hours interviewing and observing key players. I've added more of her books to my wish list.
[An aside: Does Ms. Rule do a lot more writing of true-crime in the Pacific Northwest than in other areas or is it just location-bias on my part? If so, why? Does she like the area or does the PNW have a lot more murders and serial killings? Just a simple observation...]
Most recent customer reviews
Although there were parts of this book that were very disturbing it was so open and revealed the true face of a ruthless and controlling person it was hard to put down.Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Val G. Gordon
This is a frightening story of a man who would not stop at anything to harm the people in his life, especially women. Read morePublished on March 21 2014 by Maria M Mckay
i have read some of your reviews. some of you people are so f-ed up beyond repair it is worthless trying to talk some sense into you. Read morePublished on June 5 2004
It is stated accurately that it is hard to feel real sorry for her, and that she(Cheryl) is not "innocent"! Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004
I found the book to be quite riveting but I also found the insane review -- below -- riveting. The Neverland reader feels that the non-innocent "babe" basically got what... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004
I'm supposed to feel real sorry for a lady that stole her sorority sisters husband before they were married one year and the wife was pregnant!! Yeah, she's a real innocent babe! Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004
this is my first Ann Rule book that i just got done reading..I dont know if it is just me but i had a hard time keeping up with the different wives and children.. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Mariann
Bradley Cunningham was pure evil! He should have gotten the death penalty!Published on July 15 2003 by Louise
First of all, what did women SEE in him? His last two wives, Cheryl (who he cold-bloodedly murdered) and Sara were successful career women: an attorney and a physician,... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by Terry M. Callen